• NEW PAPER: Context-dependent feeding strategies in blue whales

    Friday, November 24, 2017

    We are proud to announce the publication of a new and exciting paper on context-dependent behavioral strategies in feeding blue whales, lead by SEA’s own Dr. Ari Friedlaender and co-authored by Dr. Brandon Southall. The article is entitled: Friedlaender, A. S., Herbert-Read, J., Hazen, E. L., Cade, D. E., Calambokidis, J., Southall, B. L., Stimpert, […]

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  • Senior Scientist B. Southall presents results from first-ever experiments with high-power military sonar and whales

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    At the ongoing 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, SEA Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Southall presented results from the first-ever experimental study of the potential effects of high-power military sonar. This study involved measurements of behavioral responses of several marine mammal species exposed in controlled conditions to navy […]

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  • TAGLESS-BRS From-the-field UPDATE

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Two Harbors, Catalina Island. We wanted to provide a quick from-the-field update on our progress on the TAGLESS-BRS project ongoing off Catalina Island in southern California. We have encountered many groups of common, bottlenose, and Risso’s dolphins, with thousands of individuals seen from land, sea, and air, such as the group of common dolphins (Delphinus […]

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  • Fall Phase of Tagless-BRS study begins off Catalina Island

    Friday, September 29, 2017

    The SOCAL Tagless-BRS project is back on the water! SEA is partnering with Cascadia Research, Kelp Marine Research, and NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the talented crew of the M/V Magician (above) on an exciting technology integration collaboration conducting novel studies on the basic behavior and behavioral responses to noise in several dolphin species. Common, bottlenose, […]

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  • NEW PUBLICATION – New insights into prey aggregation in ocean scattering layers

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    SEA’s Senior Scientist Dr. Brandon Southall was proud to co-author a recent paper providing new insights into the aggregation of marine organisms into ocean scattering layers – a basic principle of life in the ocean. This paper was lead by our colleague Dr. Kelly Benoit-Bird of MBARI and Oregon State University. The citation and abstract […]

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News & Press

Aug
20

Local media coverage of SOCAL-BRS outreach

Please check out a recent story in a local SOCAL newspaper (The Daily Breeze) on the SOCAL-BRS research project. See the link below as well as the lead-in to the article <http://m.dailybreeze.com/dailybreeze/pm_115632/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=KoeVGqEd> Scientists can’t yet definitively say why whales and dolphins strand themselves — or whether human activities are always to blame. But they are […]

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Aug
8

SOCAL-14 Phase I ends – with an open public forum at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

We’ve come to the end of our first phase (of three or possibly four) for SOCAL-14. This was a bit shorter than typical (10 days) for our research phases using the R/V Truth as a platform. We finished off our field work with an open public presentation and discussion forum on the project hosted today […]

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Aug
4

Struck out offshore…Risso’s off Catalina

  There was a decent weather window for SOCAL-14 to work offshore the last there days. We had workable conditions with acoustic detections and sightings of a few beaked whales, which are our priority species when we are able to work in areas around the Navy range west of San Clemente Island. Unfortunately we weren’t […]

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Aug
1

SOCAL-BRS paper on fin whales

Dr. Jeremy Goldbogen of Hopkins Marine Station (Stanford University) lead a team of SOCAL-BRS researchers in publishing a recent paper on new techniques to identify calling fin whales. This method involves using the accelerometers (movement sensors) in combination with the typical listening hydrophones to pinpoint whether a whale vocalization comes from the individual the tag […]

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SOCAL-BRS

SOCAL-BRS is a study of basic behavior and responses to controlled sound exposures in a variety of marine mammal species.

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